It's not over yet!

A win for Alan Henderson means the title will be decided at Donington. Photo: Jon Elsey

Race wins yesterday at Rockingham for Tom Roche and title challenger Alan Henderson means the winner of the 2014 BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship will be decided at the Finals Weekend meeting at Donington Park on 18th-19th October.

Whilst current leader James Blake-Baldwin’s winning run of seven straight victories came to an end, two second place finishes means that James still holds all the cards prior to the Donington finale and is still the odds on favourite to take his first MX-5 crown.

After qualifying on pole, the returning Tom Roche quickly set about his task in the first race and led from start to finish. Behind Tom there was a crucial battle for championship points between the two main adversaries Alan Henderson and James Blake-Baldwin. Alan had the early advantage but succumbed to James’ pressure on lap seven and they finished in that order.  The B race went the way of Solihull’s Martin Tolley whose clutch problem in qualifying resulted in him missing out on making the grid for the A race. After passing Michael Fisk on the second lap Martin had a clear win ahead of Scott Ferguson and Chris Hart.

Alan Henderson kept his title quest alive with victory in the second A group race. He got ahead of Tom Roche on lap 5 and never looked back. Unfortunately for Alan, James Blake-Baldwin also managed to get past the current Mk1 champion on the penultimate lap and thus limited the points lost to his rival, although Alan did benefit from an additional two extra points for recording the fastest lap. After a ‘coming together’ on the opening lap of the first A race, Simon Baldwin and Charlie Charman found themselves in the unusual position of starting race two in the B group. They immediately renewed the contest and battled hard all the way through the eleven lap race with Baldwin holding off Charman’s dogged challenge. Another A group regular Sam Smith was third, six and a half seconds further adrift.

So the focus will now turn to Donington Park in four weeks, where the championship will conclude with a triple-header.  James Blake-Baldwin will take a twenty-four point advantage over Alan Henderson into the meeting, so while it is certainly James’ title his to lose; it is not cut and dried just yet.

For all the results, qualifying times and lap analysis go to ROCKINGHAM RESULTS

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